Mr. Daniel Commale

Armenian Sisters Academy
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Mr. Daniel Commale, Vice Principal for Academic Affairs

Glad To Be Back

The Armenian Sisters Academy looks much different this year than any other year in its 53 years of existence. Since the school was forced to close in March due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the school has been continuously preparing to ensure the safety and security of the students, the faculty and families, which is our main priority. The students are placed 6 feet apart in each of the classrooms from pre-K through eighth grade. The students also have plexiglass dividers at their workstations. They each have their own supplies located next to their desks in containers. Masks are worn at all times in the building, and even at recess when social distancing is not maintained.  Outside learning stations have also been erected for learning. We are also offering an online option for families who do not wish to have their students attend school in person.  Even though the students are not able to interact with each other as before, and even with times like recess being completely different, there is a sense of joy and resiliency amongst the students and faculty at the school.

The entire situation revolving around the COVID-19 pandemic has caused everyone in education to rethink and re-imagine ways to effectively instruct the students daily. The school has adopted an increasing number of digital platforms to meet the needs of the students.

In these uncertain times the best practice is effective communication. This includes communication between the administration and faculty, the faculty and students, the faculty and families and also the school administration and families.

As we enter the fall months, and are unsure of what lies ahead, we are prepared to utilize a full virtual model if needed. We continually adjust and improve the model which we are currently using at the school and will endeavor to persevere the best quality education for our students.

Disclaimer: Content provides insights on education practices from the perspective of schools, parents, students, grantees, community members and other education stakeholders to promote the continuing discussion of educational innovation. Content and articles are not intended to reflect their importance, nor is it intended to be an endorsement by the Department or the Federal government of any views expressed, products or services offered, curriculum or pedagogy.